2015 Honored Teacher Contest Winners Announced
Massanutten Regional Library announced the winners of its annual Robert B. and Gladys Hopkins Strickler Honored Teachers Writing Contest Thursday.
Two teachers tied for the top prize of “Honored Teacher of the Year” and split the $500 prize for each school. Dee Grimm, English teacher at Turner Ashby High School, and Laura Cole, a teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary, were declared top teachers for 2015. This is the second consecutive win for Cole, who also won the award in 2014.
Students from Harrisonburg City, Rockingham and Page County Schools were invited to write an original essay or poem about a current or former teacher who has had an impact on their life. The contest, now in its 19th
year, climaxed with a reception at Massanutten Regional Main Library for the winning students and teachers and a reading and viewing of the student work.
The 2015 winning students include:
Ashley Botkin Dee Grimm,Turner Ashby HS
Sarah Deloney Holly Kincaid, Skyline Middle
Zion Estes Robin Goble, John Wayland Elementary
Ellee Rose Trout Katie Hylton, South River Elementary
Fallon D. Powell Crista Clark, Pleasant Valley Elementary
Jayden Andrew Comer Laura Cole, Pleasant Valley Elementary
Tucker Hayden Trout Brandon Caricofe, South River Elementary
Savannah Kate Janzen (tie) Kim Price, Lacey Spring Elementary
Samantha Parrish (tie) Kam Shull, Peak View Elementary
Jah-Gift McLucas Christiana Campbell, Waterman Elementary
Students honored their teachers at the ceremony Thursday evening by reading their essays in front of teachers, parents, and invited guests.
Judging for the contest was performed by the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club and members of the club also assisted with serving refreshments. Jim Gilchrist, member of the Harrisonburg Kiwanis, also welcomed the group of educators, parents and students.